Dr. Robert Gelb, MD


Orthopedic Hand Surgery | Male

CORE Orthopaedic Medical Center 332 Santa Fe Dr Ste 110 Encinitas, CA 92024 Get Directions
Dr. Robert Gelb, MD

Dr. Robert Gelb, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery doctor who practices in Encinitas, CA. He is 65 years old and has been practicing for 37 years. Dr. Gelb is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.

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Patient Comments (5)
in Encinitas, CA |
After 14 ortho surgeries I think I'm well qualified to make a judgement on an ortho doctor. If you're looking for a "buddy" doctor Dr Gelb is not your guy. If you want a well qualified professional then Dr Gelb is your guy. He explained my options to the nth degree as opposed to another hand specialist who only said "yeah I can fix it". He's very carefully/compassionately shot up my thumb 3X's now and when I do get my surgery Dr Gelb will be the guy.
in Encinitas, CA |
He's very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor, but he's not a great listener. I felt like I had to stop him constantly and just reiterate what I was trying to say because it was falling on deaf ears. Eventually I got everything across, but it was tough.
in Escondido, CA |
Dr. Gelb has been awesome at explaining everything that is going on with my thumb. He has not been one to just jump into surgerymhe has suggested a few this to try first. When the time comes that I will eventually need the surgery it will definitely be with Dr. Gelb
in San Diego |
Very caring, professional, listens, conscientious, good sense of humor but be open to it.
in Encinitas, CA |
Office staff was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Did not feel rushed and all of my questions were answered.
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Dr. Gelb's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  •  Board certified in Hand Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


  • Medical School
    New York Medical College

    Graduated in 1980

  • Residency Hospital
    Nymc Metropolitan Hospital

    Completed in 1981

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Hand Rehab Ctr/Jeff Med College

    Completed in 1986

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member


  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Replacement